2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Three to Go !

We’re on the last leg of the 2015 Scarf Project, with only three more states to meet deadlines.

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SO Washington – deadline is next week, 16 February

SO South Dakota – deadline is 9 March

SO Alaska – deadline is 10 March

I’m so happy that we met most of the goals this year, a complete turnaround from last year, when we met only five of the states’ goals.  This year, there were only three states that didn’t meet their desired numbers.  So yes, this year has been successful.

You still have time to make a scarf or two for this year’s three remaining states.  Info and details can be found here, and you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups too.

And if you can’t make it this year, don’t worry … the 2016 Scarf Project has started !!

See you there!


Finishing Off 2014

I thought I would write a post on whatever creative things I accomplished in the last year.  I know I didn’t make much this year, but it is good to gather everything together and see how much you’ve done.  Try it.  You’ll be surprised to see just how many things that you did get done in the last year.

Of course, I didn’t get to start on anything that was on my bucket list (except for the hexagon project).  So we’re trying for that again this year.

The staple … hats!  I finally figured out the slouchy look for the hats … These are actually variations of patterns that I tried to follow, and in the end, I just decided to wing it instead of following the pattern, because the hat wasn’t turning out what I expected it to be.

And more hats!  Here’s some of the ones made for my personal charity/cause – NYC Hats for Hope Initiative. As usual, there’s more which I didn’t take photos of.

I made my first amigurumi/toy – the minion.  I said I was going to make another one, this time with two eyes.  I still haven’t started on that.  Making amigurumis and toys still does not appeal to me … I have no problem with working on the individual parts … sewing and assembling them together kills me.  The hat wasn’t too bad.  That one has two eyes – although you can’t see it from this angle.

The other cause I work on – the Special Olympics Scarf Project.  Here’s some items that I made for some of the states.  Every year I say that I will make one item for each participating state.  Haven’t succeeded yet, but there’s always next year!

The shawls … wraps … scarves … my go-to projects.  My obsession pattern this year was the Augusta Shawl.  Here’s different versions of the pattern, using different yarn weights, etc.

Oh – another obsession pattern – the Bowtie Pi Shawl (available in Ravelry).  I plan on making more of these, with various yarns.

I couldn’t figure out why my shawl was coming out with a curved neckline, instead of a straight edge as shown in the photos with the pattern.  Then I remembered … Fibonacci.  Instead of following the same number of row repeats as the pattern, I had used the Fibonacci series for my row repeats instead.  So I think that’s why the neckline curved in so deep, like this.  I like it better like this, anyhow.  The shawl drapes better over the shoulders, than a straight edge.

And I was on a fringes roll as well.  I like fringes but I usually don’t add fringes because I think that they use up a lot of yarn … but then again, knitting or crocheting a piece takes up a lot of yarn too … and fringes do make a shawl or wrap look really pretty, doesn’t it?

My one big project this year – the African Violets Afghan, in memory of my aunt who passed away last year.  This is as far as I got with it, and it’s a good size lapghan.  I wanted to add another round, so that it can also be used as a bed cover.  So that’s something I’ll be working on some more this year.


And there you have my accomplishments from the last year.  Nothing much, nothing spectacular.  I know that it’s more of the same from last year, but until I have another incentive to make amigurumis and toys, I’m afraid there’ll be more of this for the coming year.  Oh yes … I still want to make that hooded cape … and that beach coverup … I should start now … while it’s still freezing cold outside … then it’ll be ready for summer!

2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Deadlines Are Creeping Up !

The January deadlines for the Scarf Project are upon us.

There’s a flurry of activity to start sending in all those items, so that the state programs can get an accurate count of their items for the Scarf Project.  The numbers look good for a lot of them.  I do believe that more states will meet their goals this year.  Yaaayyy!!

Here’s the summary:

– Iowa – completed

– Arkansas – headbands; completed.
Scarves – 25 more needed; deadline 24 January 2015

– Nebraska – completed

– Tennessee – completed

– Delaware – 46 more scarves need; deadline – 30 January 2015

– Texas – 1,800 more items to go – deadline:  30 January 2015

– Kansas – deadline:  19 January 2015

– Kentucky – 450 more scarves to go; deadline – 16 January 2015

– Maine – 100 more scarves needed;  deadline – 19 January 2015

– Indiana – 450 more scarves needed; deadline – 31 January 2015

I haven’t heard if any of these states are extending their deadlines.  In any case, most of them hold their winter games in January and early February, so it is most probable that they will keep the deadlines.

Not too far off in the future are the February deadlines.  A little more time to work on them, but those dates sure creep up fast!

– Wyoming – 32 more items needed; deadline – 1 February 2015

– Alaska – 370 more scarves needed; deadline 15 February 2015

– Washington – 735 more items needed; deadline 16 February 2015

– South Dakota – 400 more items needed; deadline 20 February 2015

As with previous years, there’s an avalanche of packages that are received at the state program office closer to the deadline date, which will push these numbers up closer to their goal.  As of this posting, I know that many more are mailing in their items.  If you do have completed items for the Scarf Project, please do start sending them in, so that they can get an accurate count of what they have.

More information and details can always be found here.  If you’re on Facebook or Ravelry, you can also get updated information on there.  Click on the links at the right hand side to take you to those groups.

Thanks for all your help and support!

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Special Olympics 2015 Scarf Project Heats Up

The end-of-year festivities and deadlines are coming up soon.  The Special Olympics Scarf Project is heating up, in between the holiday crafting.  Here’s the latest update on the project.

*  SO Iowa is the first state to reach its goal.  They received 630 items, more than they requested for.  If you have completed items for SO Iowa, please don’t send them in.  You can donate it to another charity of your choice.
Or, you can hold on to it and send it in for SO Oklahoma 2016.  Their colours are crimson and white/aran.  The claret is a close match – a little darker, maybe, but mixed up with all the others, I don’t think it’ll be noticeable.

*  SO Arkansas needs 455 more headbands/earwarmers by 1 December 2014.  They’re up to 845, as of the last update.

* SO Tennessee needs 72 more headbands/earwarmers by 15 December 2014.  They’re up to 128 as of the last update.

*  SO Kansas is now accepting hats/beanies.

*  SO Texas is now accepting hats/headbands/earwarmers.

*  SO Utah is still on hold; they will probably announce by late December 2014 if they’re continuing with this or not.

Updated information on the SO 2015 Scarf Project can be found here.

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And to help inspire you, here’s what the talented and creative crafters have been making for the Scarf Project.  Come on over and join us; the fun is just beginning.


2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: SO Maine

Thanks to Carol-Jeanne who alerted me that SO Maine had chosen their colours for the 2015 Games.

SO Maine’s colours are Burgundy, Carrot, and Paddy Green.
I’m liking this colour combination – well, maybe the orange isn’t bright enough for me, but it still looks good together.

Here’s the updated scarf colour scarves.  Now that we have a few completed items, it’s looking colourful, isn’t it?  Oh, and I decided that our group should have a featured pattern for the scarves and items, so that it’ll be easy to spot them in group photos.  This year, I thought the Chevron pattern (or zig-zags or waves) would be our featured pattern, so you’ll see that in three photos below.

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Now it’s got me thinking maybe I should check all the other state program websites, in case they too decided to continue with the Scarf Project and announced colours. I had stopped checking and asking at the end of summer, because that would leave only three months for the crafters to meet the numbers, what with the end-of-year holidays and gift-crafting now gearing up. Anyway, if there are any more states joining in, we’ll do the best we can.

Come on over and join us.  The more hands we have making scarves, the sooner the state programs will reach their numbers.  Details and more information on the 2015 Scarf Project can be found here.  We also have a Facebook (Knit and Crochet for a Cause) and Ravelry (Special Olympics Scarf Project) page, where you can join in the conversation with other crafters.  See you there!

2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: SO Alaska

SO Alaska is the latest state program to join the Scarf Project. That brings us to a total of 14 participating states for the 2015 Scarf Project !

Their chosen colours are the same as last year’s – red and black.  So if you didn’t have time to send in your scarves from last year and you still have them, now’s your chance to send them on to them!  lol  This year too, they are also asking for hats, headbands and earwarmers in addition to the scarves.  Apparently they were popular with the athletes last year.   I think that’s great!  These are small, quick projects, and will help meet the requested numbers faster!

The latest information and details on this Scarf Project can be found here.   I update this page as I get the information from various sources.

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Scarf by Barbara M

I think this will be the final list.  I don’t think that if any other state programs decide to join now that we would be able to get a good amount of items done for them.  We already have 9,505 items to make, and the first possible deadline is coming up 1 November (SO Iowa).  That will be extended if they don’t get enough items by then.

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You’re welcome to come over and join us.  There’s also groups on Facebook or Ravelry (links on the sidebar) working on this.  I’m sure you can find a colour combination that you like to work with.  🙂



2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Summer Lull

I know it’s the height of summer, and working on winter items is the complete opposite of what we want to do.  I know that I am inspired to work with wools and winter items when there’s a cool nip in the air, and cooler winds are blowing in.  I also know that I don’t knit or crochet fast enough to finish a scarf or shawl in time for the cold winds.  Well, except for hats, but really, how many hats can you wear at a time?

Anyway, I’m seriously starting up on winter items now.  Specially for the Special Olympics 2015 Winter Games.  The wonderful crafters over at the Facebook Knit and Crochet for a Cause were better than me – some have been plugging away with scarves, headbands, earwarmers, hats for the participating state program.

Like this beautiful earwarmer – my eyes always light up when I see this.  I think it’s that button that draws my eyes. Thanks so much for your beautiful work, Phyllis!

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So far, we have fourteen states participating in the 2015 Scarf Project.  We may hear back from two or three other states, but since they haven’t replied to my emails, then maybe they’re not interested.  We have enough to work on for now, anyway, but there’s also a little bit of regret that they choose not to continue participation.

These are the states participating this year.  If you see a state for whom you may want to support, or maybe just because you like the colour combination chosen by a state, you are more than welcome to make an item or two and send it on.
Complete details and information can be found here, and in the Facebook and Ravelry page links on the sidebar.

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